The (gendered) construction of diagnosis interpretation of medical signs in women patients.

@article{Malterud1999TheC,
  title={The (gendered) construction of diagnosis interpretation of medical signs in women patients.},
  author={Karl Egil Malterud},
  journal={Theoretical medicine and bioethics},
  year={1999},
  volume={20 3},
  pages={275-86}
}
Medicine maintains a distinction between the medical symptom--the patient's "subjective" experience and expression, and the privileged medical sign--the "objective" findings observable by the doctor. Although the distinction is not consistently applied, it becomes clearly visible in the "undefined," medically unexplained disorders of women patients. Potential impacts of genderized interaction on the interpretation of medical signs are addressed by re-reading the diagnostic process as a matter… CONTINUE READING

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